Traditional Suffolk nicknames are 'Suffolk Fair-Maids' or 'Silly Suffolk', which dates back to the Middle Ages when the females of the region were well known for their beauty.
Suffolk is an area made up of arable and mixed agricultural farms. Winter wheat, winter barley, sugar beet, oilseed rape, winter and spring beans and linseed are the predominant crops that are cultivated. However, smaller areas of rye and oats can be found in lighter regions along with a variety of vegetables.
Suffolk was divided into separate Quarter Sessions divisions. Originally four in number and reduced to two in 1860, the eastern division was being governed from Ipswich and the western division from Bury St Edmunds.
In the East of Suffolk is Sutton Hoo, the site of one of England's most important Anglo-Saxon archaeological finds; a ship burial containing an assortment of treasures including a Sword of State, gold and silver bowls, jewellery and a lyre.
Many Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts have been unearthed within West Suffolk.
The Sandlings is an area of heathland that runs almost the entire coastline in the east of Suffolk and the highest point of Suffolk is Great Wood Hill, the highest point of the Newmarket Ridge, near the village of Rede which reaches 128 m (420 ft).
Suffolk plays host to one of the UK's main classical music festivals. The Aldeburgh Festival was created in 1948 and has been held every year since. The festival was originally held in Alderburgh later moving to Snape Maltings in 1967.
The annual May event is the Suffolk Show, which highlights the importance of farming in Suffolk. This is still predominantly an agricultural show although the format has changed in recent years.
The Latitude Festival has been held annually at Henham Park since 2006. The festival continues to increase in popularity each year and showcases music, comedy, poetry and literary acts in a mainly open-air environment.
In the arts, Suffolk is noted for having been the home to two of England's best regarded painters, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. The Stour Valley area is branded as "Constable Country". Other people born in Suffolk include Benjamin Britten, one of England's most famous composers, and Maggis Hambling, one of the UK's leading contemporary painters.
Formed in 1878, Ipswich Town is Suffolk's only professional football club. The club were Football League champions in 1961-62, FA Cup winners in 1977-78 and UEFA Cup winners in 1980-81.
Famous people who are associated with the Suffolk area include the poets George Crabbe and Robert Bloomfield, writer and editor Ronald Blythe, actors Ralph Fiennes and Bob Hoskins, actress and singer Kerry Ellis, musician and record producer Brian Eno and Dani Filth, singer of the Suffolk-based extreme metal group, Cradle of Filth. Cartoonist Carl Giles also has links with the area and a bronze statue of his character "Grandma" is located in Ipswich town centre to commemorate him. Influential DJ John Peel also made his home in Suffolk.
Bernie Ecclestone, Terry Butcher, Matthew Upson and Kieron Dyer are all famous sports people linked to Suffolk.
Famous jockeys, such as Franki Dettori and Lester Piggott reside in the area, as Newmarket is considered to be the home of British Horseracing.
Suffolk's biggest Independent boarding school is The Royal Hospital School, located close to Ipswich.
University Campus Suffolk is collaboration between the University of Essex, the University of East Anglia, partner colleges such as Suffolk New College and local government.
The university began accepting its first students in September 2007 and the main Ipswich based waterfront campus building was later opened in 2008. Before this Suffolk was one of the few English counties not to contain a University campus.